EmpowerED Georgia Exclusive | Imagine if traditional public school students were given an assignment to write letters in support of their public schools to their legislators telling them about the negative impact of budget cuts. Imagine the thousands of letters and emails state officials would receive talking about increased class sizes, shortened school calendars, and limited course offerings.
Most Georgians (and legislators) would support students getting engaged in the political process but not at the expense of taxpayer dollars and precious instructional time.
Though sympathetic to the cause, there would be public outcry that teachers would pressure their students through class assignments or even grades.
In an email, a pro-charter advocacy group...asks charter school students to reach out to their legislators...this effort crosses ethical boundaries
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“I am incredibly honored to be recognized as National Superintendent of the Year, and am so proud to share this recognition with Athens and the Clarke County School District community,” said Lanoue. “Together, as a community of learners, we have made a difference in the lives of our children, and I am so pleased that we have been recognized for this on a national level.”
Read more: http://onlineathens.com/breaking-news/2015-02-26/clarke-countys-lanoue-named-nations-top-superintendent
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Alan Long is Principal at Jefferson County High School in Louisville GA. He began his teaching career as a coach and PE teacher 28 years ago, and has served as a school administrator for 10 years. Alan raised his two sons as a single parent, and is proud of the fact both of them volunteered for military service after high school. “They took my ideas of service to another level” he said, “and I am very proud of their accomplishments.” He was elected to serve as President of the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders. Under Alan’s leadership GASSP has placed finalists in the NASSP High School and Middle School Principal of the Year process 6 of the last 8 years. He was encouraged by a former Principal to become an administrator, and took the opportunity to serve and learn with a strong building leader. He immediately saw the positive effects a good leader could have working with teachers and students, and making a difference through leadership quickly became his passion.
NewsFlash: Healthcare for Bus Drivers in Jeopardy, Education Reform Committee, Charters Helping Inmates
Gov. Deal defends decision to nix school bus driver health funding (AJC)
Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday defended his decision to cut health insurance funding for about 11,500 part-time school staffers, such as bus drivers and cafeteria workers.
Some lawmakers from both parties have already indicated they opposed cutting off school bus drivers from health coverage.
After hearing a presentation on the cuts earlier this week, state Rep. Bill Werkheiser, R-Glennville, said, “I predict if they pass it, 80 to 90 percent of the drivers in rural Georgia won’t drive.”
Superintendent-elect Richard Woods used a speech to school board members from across the state to stake out his agenda.
Highlights from the AJC and AP:
Woods will be sworn in on January 12th, 2014.
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